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Hooning - my new word I learned today



The act of being a hoon or driving recklessly, racing, doing burnouts etc.

Hey Blake, I'm feeling the need for speed and want to burn some rubber, you wanna come hooning?


Learn any fun new words lately ?

Monty Python Star Terry Gilliam Says He's Not Dead


Terry Gilliam, a member of the zany Monty Python comedy troupe, has apologized to his fans "for being dead," after his passing was erroneously reported by Variety magazine.

Gilliam, also an Oscar-nominated director, said he was sorry for fans who had bought tickets to his upcoming event, "but, Variety has announced my demise. Don't believe their retraction and apology!"

Gilliam, 74, has public appearances scheduled in London and Glendale, California, and New York in October, according to his website, aimed at promoting his new book, "Gilliamesque: A Pre-Posthumous Memoir."

Variety, for its part, apologized via a tweet on Tuesday.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis Isn't Kentucky's Only Gay Marriage Holdout


There are three county clerks in Kentucky who have refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But only one of them, Rowan County's Kim Davis, has been thrown in jail, celebrated by presidential candidates and become a national symbol of opposition to gay unions.

The other two continue to resist, but with far less fanfare — and relatively little legal trouble.

Whitley County clerk Kay Schwartz told NBC News her office is granting licenses for heterosexual couples, but not for those of the same sex. In fact, she said, no gay and lesbian couples had bothered to ask.

Casey County clerk Casey Davis isn't issuing any marriage licenses at all — similar to the approach taken by Kim Davis (no relation) before she was jailed. He has crossed the state on a bicycle as a show of support for Kim Davis, but that stunt arguably drew more attention than his refusal to give licences to same-sex couples.

Donald Trump trashes Black Lives Matter: 'I think they're trouble"


Real-estate mogul Donald Trump made it clear in a Tuesday interview that he is no fan of the Black Lives Matter movement.

"I think they're trouble. I think they're looking for trouble," the Republican presidential candidate said during a Fox News interview with Bill O'Reilly.

The Black Lives Matter movement seeks to call attention to what it describes as systemic mistreatment of African-Americans by police officers.

Protests affiliated with Black Lives Matter built momentum after a series of high-profile incidents over the last year in which unarmed African-American men died during their encounters with law enforcement, including in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland.

No surprise here.

Best horror movie of all time, in your opinion ?

I'm not a horror movie fan, so I don't have a good opinion on this. The last horror-ish movie I saw was Paranormal Activity, which spooked me sufficiently.

Ousted as Gay, Aging Veterans Are Battling Again for Honorable Discharges


COLUMBUS, Ohio — When the Army discharged Pvt. Donald Hallman in 1955 for being what it called a “Class II homosexual,” the 21-year-old was so scared of being an outcast that he burned all his military records, save for a single dog tag he hid away.

Mr. Hallman, a coal miner’s son who sang in a church choir in rural Alabama, says he never mentioned his military service again. He married a woman he had met at work, had children and wore a suit and tie to work each day.

“I hid it because it would have ruined my life,” Mr. Hallman said in an interview at his home here.

But this summer, Mr. Hallman, now 82, retrieved the dog tag from a keepsake box and began working through an application to the Department of Defense, asking that his decades-old discharge be upgraded from “undesirable” to “honorable.”

Dentist who killed lion set to return to work


I found this interesting and revolting:

Asked whether he would return to Zimbabwe for future hunts, Palmer said, "I don't know about the future." He estimated he had been there four times and said, "Zimbabwe has been a wonderful country for me to hunt in, and I have always followed the laws."

Dozens protest Orlando's median wage


A couple dozen people marched through the streets of downtown Orlando on Labor Day in protest of the city's median wage.

The group held signs with messages, like, "Celebrate labor on Labor Day" and others, that show how Orlando's median wage compares to other cities.

"Being an electrician, our electrician wages here in Orlando are some of the lowest in the United States, and it seems to run across the board for all working people. It's time we got those wages up," said Larry Kidd, who is a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Kidd said he joined the rally Monday, because he knows what it's like to do the same job as another electrician in other cities, including many smaller cities than Orlando, yet get paid less for his work.

Out of the top 100 markets, Orlando ranks No. 99 for lowest median wage at $29,781.

Hitler's secret Nazi war machines of World War II


(heavily edited)

Horten Ho 229 bomber

Fritz X radio-guided bomb

A remote-controlled tracked mine (Goliath)

Messerschmitt Me 163 Komet

Colleges trend toward gender-neutral pronouns


NASHVILLE — Gender-neutral pronouns like ze and xyr have pulled the University of Tennessee into the national spotlight and the crosshairs of legislators, but the school is far from a radical outlier.

Instead, it is one of many colleges across the country that is looking for ways to accommodate students who don’t identify as strictly male or female. Steps taken recently at Vanderbilt University, Harvard University and the University of California system, among others, represent a more aggressive push for gender-neutral pronouns than the column posted last week on Tennessee’s website. That post explained the use of gender-neutral pronouns and encouraged students and professors to discuss them.

At Vanderbilt in Nashville, a more familiar gender-neutral pronoun was added to the student handbook in August. Variations are used as single-person pronouns alongside forms of he and she. A statement in the handbook said the addition was made in an effort to create "a community that is welcoming and inclusive to individuals of all gender identities and expressions."

Student leaders at Vanderbilt also are working with administrators to allow students to indicate the pronouns they use on class rosters and housing assignments.
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